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N.C. 51, Idlewild Road intersection to get roundabout

By Melinda Johnston
Correspondent

The intersection at Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Idlewild Road is scheduled to be converted to a roundabout, possibly as early as summer 2014.

Traffic studies show overall improvement at the intersection will go from a “D” to a “B” grad with the changes.

Wednesday night, the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization, a coalition of elected officials and staff that coordinates and prioritizes transportation projects in the two counties, added the estimated $1.5 million dollar project to their Transportation Improvement Plan.

Most of the money will come from federal dollars, with Matthews and Mint Hill each kicking in $150,000, a 20 percent match.

N.C. Department of Transportation will lead the project.

Town leaders say congestion at that intersection has been a problem for years and relief is sorely needed.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.
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